Chinsali has now its first filling station

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Chinsali has now its first filling station

Chinsali, March 29, 2013, ZANIS… THE FIRST ever filling station in Chinsali district since the creation of Muchinga Province has been commissioned.

ZANIS reports that out-going Muchinga Province Minister Charles Banda commissioned the only filling at a colorful ceremony held at Continental Oil Company Limited Chinsali Filling Station located at Nambuluma turn off in Chinsali.

Mr. Banda said Chinsali has operated for a long time without a filling station and depended on Mpika and Nakonde for the supply of fuel.

The minister who expressed happiness said the serious challenge of non-availability of fuel in the district is now outdated.

Mr. Banda said Chinsali District has many economic related activities whose implementation depends on fuel energy.

Mr. Banda said continental oil company would not only reap financial benefits that will come along with this investment but will also contribute positively to the economic development of Chinsali district and Muchinga Province in general.

He said the commissioning of the Continental Filling Station is a testimony to the commitment of the Patriotic Front (PF) Government adding that the construction of a filling station is because of the establishment of Muchinga Province.

Mr. Banda said he would leave Muchinga a proud man after personally witnessing the transformation that the new Province is undergoing.

Mr. Banda assured Continental Oil Company Limited management and the business community at large in the province that Government will continue to provide support and ensure that more of such investments are established in the districts.

The outgoing Minister also appealed to the business community to take advantage of the conducive environment for doing business in the area and to collaborate with the Government in creating sustainable economic development in the Province.

In addition, Continental Oil Company Limited Head of Sales and Marketing Mulawa Mulawa said the establishment of the filling station has created thirty (30) new Jobs for the Local people.

He said that the Chinsali Filling Station becomes the fifth station in the country.

Continental Oil Company Limited has filling stations in Mpika, Kapiri-mposhi , Kitwe Mansa Districts and now Chinsali.

Mr. Mulawa said the Company has also planned to open another filling station in Kasama district of Northern Province.

Earlier, Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Charles Sipanje said lack of a filling station greatly affected operations at the provincial administration.

Mr. Sipanje said the opening of a filling station in the district will  enhance the safety of vehicles adding that a number of vehicles have been damaged in the past because of what he termed as “changanya ( mixed )” fuel from illegal fuel dealers in the district.

Meanwhile, Motorists in the District have expressed happiness with the coming of Continental Oil Filling Station.

Motorists talked to by ZANIS said they are also going to reduce the fares because they will now be getting cheaper fuel.